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Windows Forms Programming with C# [Paperback]

Erik Brown
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Book Description

Dec 1 2001
The new C# language and Internet software services have received much of the attention surrounding Microsoft's new .NET environment. However, Microsoft has also redesigned the way Windows desktop applications will be created and deployed in the future. Intended as a tutorial for C++ and Java programmers at all levels, this book shows how C# and the .NET framework can be used to develop Windows applications with .NET. As a way to demonstrate how Windows Forms applications are constructed, the book provides a chapter-by-chapter guide to building an image application to view, share, and manage digital photos stored on a hard drive or on removable media. Also discussed are Visual Studio 7.0, C# language syntax and usage, Windows Forms controls, ADO.NET, and other topics vital to the creation and deployment of Windows applications in this new environment.

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A mathematician by training, Erik Brown has been working with code for over 17 years, as a developer, architect, consultant, and manager. He is a veteran of three successful start up companies and currently works as a program manager at Unisys Corporation. Erik lives in northern Virginia with his wife and two daughters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Feb. 22 2004
Ok, I'll admit it. Lately, I've been the type of person who will absolutely swear by reading customer reviews before buying a book. Then after purchasing and reading the book, I wouldn't invest the time to write a review in order to help others.
Until now.
This book has captivated me, and I can't seem to put it down. Mr. Brown speaks well, presents his material in a logical, orderly fashion, and with child-like ease. I haven't read a book that compares with this quality since Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think!"
I especially like the way the Mr. Brown lays out the framework for the book, and encourages you to follow along with the "project". After completing the book, you'll have in your possession one complete, functional Windows Application. You could, of course, simply download the code from the publisher's web site (which, btw is organized chapter by chapter, section by section), but I've enjoyed walking the path with Mr. Brown as he explains concepts, the .NET framework, and what his thought process is as he builds a working photo album application.
What's more, I haven't seen *that* many typos in this work. There are some, don't get me wrong, but I was easily able to spot them even before writing the code. If you follow along with the process he lays out, you're bound to spot the mispelled variable names when they do appear. Even if they slip by you, you'll recognize that something is amiss when Intellisense doesn't kick in. Believe me though, these minor setbacks don't even compare to the major headaches one receives when trying to use code from say...Wrox.
Believe me when I tell you that you will enjoy this book from the moment you begin chapter one. This book isn't meant to be a reference, but rather, a valuable learning tool that is a joy to read, easy to follow, and rewarding when complete. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning to build functional, intelligent interfaces and having fun doing it.
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Brown has put a lot of thought into covering the mass of practical bases in Windows .NET Forms development. The concept of developing one application through the course of the book to show clearly and in context how each piece fits and works, while not new, is done superbly in this book. I learned much, much more from this book about not only Windows Forms but about C# programming in general than from several other dedicated C# books I have. His approach to showing the code and code changes and explaining them in step-by-step and in side-by-side panels is outstanding tutorial style.
I just had to work through this book cover-to-cover and I NEVER do that with these books - I usually just look up what I think I need to know. Brown's leading me by the nose worked; I learned a lot more (as a current C++ and Java programmer) about C# than I might have otherwise. If you're looking for a reference book, this is not it; context is too important to the understanding of the parts. It is, I think, deliberately a clear learning book and, as I say in the title of this review, a Must Have learning book for Windows .NET Forms.
So what's your next topic, Eric?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to learn WinForms using C# June 5 2003
This title is absolutely amazing and packs several topics that C# developers will come across in the real world. Walking us through a sample MyPhotos Application, the author explains how creating reusable libraries, using common dialog boxes, basic controls, toolbars and menus.
Unlike other texts, topics are not washed over but everything is explained nicely and also ties back into the sample MyPhotos application perfectly! In the more advanced secion of the book, the author takes a look at List and Tree views in creatng a sample MyAlbumExplorer. Then DataBinding in WinForms along with printing, timers, ActiveX controls and Drag-n-drop support are also explained.
No matter what level you are at in C#, this book is sure to improve your programming and possibly inject some enthusiasm into your programming again.
Great text, super sample applications and the example WORKS!
Get your copy now ;0)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid and useful reference for C# users May 6 2002
Windows Forms Programming With C# by software developer and Windows applications expert Erik Brown is a comprehensive, straightforward, "user friendly" guide to writing programs in the .NET environment using object-oriented sets of classes. Various chapters address getting started with Windows Forms and Virtual Studio .NET, a wide variety of forms from menus and toolbars to data binding, document interfaces and more. Of special note are the commentaries regarding owner-drawn list boxes; list and tree views; multiple document interfaces; data grids and data binding; "drag and drop"; and the implementation of reusable libraries, auto-filled combo boxes, keyboard and mouse processing, printing and print previewing, and embedded web browsers. Tables and black-and-white screenshots help make the offered code and suggestions as clear as possible in this solid and useful reference for C# users.
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I recommend this book, "Windows Forms Programming with C#" explains how to practically program in .Net environment in detail. As a Window programmer (VB and VC/C++), this book helps me to program and understand the .NET platform in an easy way.
I like the well-planned layout of the book; it is one of the most reader friendly books I have even seen. This book helps you to learn a lot of important concepts in a very natural way. On each topic discussed, the related class tables are right there for you, and the operation tables guide you step by step the actions you need to take to accomplish the project it explains clearly and shows you the result in each action you take side by side. Inside the book appendix you also find a list of useful websites for related/further study.
This is a great book for learning C# and Windows Forms, it is easy to read and easy to understand.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in explanation of winform, poor in program design
If you are just getting started with Windows Forms, and want to learn the basics, fine.
If you want to develop data-driven real world, esp. Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Björn
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking to learn windows forms? - this is THE BOOK!
I have to agree with the rest of the reviewers - this is an excellent book. I've programmed for over 15 years now and have read over 100 programming books during that span. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Refreshing
I must admit that I agree with the other reviewers, because I was VERY impressed with this book, considering some of the junk that's being published these days. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003 by J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars My first .NET book - exactly what I looked for
Erik Brown's book was exactly what I looked for. This book introduces .NET Graphical User Interface for Windows Applications. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003 by Itai
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
This is a great programming book - period. Erik has a great style of writing and presents Windows Forms programming by example, explains what is going on in detail and how to use... Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by Terry Henning
5.0 out of 5 stars best of class
This book makes clear, lucid, logical work out of a complex subject - how dotnet works within windows. Read more
Published on May 25 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Best tech book I've ever read
I have read at least 40 or 50 tech books, and this has got to be the best. The tutorial format is great and perfectly designed, and Brown explains everything completely so you're... Read more
Published on May 19 2003 by Timothy B. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers Mid-Level, Real Development-Project Expertise!
Most real-world development projects require expertise in three areas:
1. Graphics
2. Controls
3. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by David C. Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Software Enr. Book on Windows Form
i have about 30 book on C# (4 of them about W F) but this the only one that worth the money (maybe more) , Thanks for Mr. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on Windows.Forms.NET
I give Erik Brown 5 stars because it's the best book I have read so far. I hope he will write more books in the future!
Published on Nov. 7 2002 by T. Trinh
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